Every country in the world is trying to curb its greenhouse gas emissions by deploying different tactics like switching to renewable sources of energy and using electric vehicles. Making drastic changes in our lifestyles and switching to a more environment-friendly lifestyle is the need of the hour. Over the years, there have been many movies that have tried to paint a picture of the world in which climate change is left unchecked and it is not only terrifying to see, but also to imagine that if we don’t change our lifestyle right now, the world as we know it might cease to exist tomorrow. Let’s take a look at some of these apocalyptic movies and pledge to live an environment-friendly life this World Environment Day.
It is the story of a paleoclimatologist who must trek across the continental USA amidst an ice storm that threatens to plunge the planet into an ice age to save his son. Large tsunamis, hail storms, sudden temperature drops to sub-zero are some of the effects of climate change that are highlighted in this film.
In a world that was too late to stave off the adverse effects of climate change, it depends on a network of satellites covering the entire earth to maintain temperature to a liveable level. When this network of satellites starts failing and killing people in various parts of the world by creating weather catastrophes, it is up to its creator to fix it and save the world from a geostorm.
Twister is the story of a couple who are storm chasers that put their differences aside to join a team to create an advanced weather alert system to warn against tornadoes. However, in order to create this system, they need to put themselves in the crosshairs of some of the deadliest storms in Oklahoma.
Earth’s core is heating up and that triggers a chain of cataclysmic events around the world that brings humanity to its knees. While the government was made aware about the chain of events that are about to occur, it can only save a handful of people. While this movie is based on climate change caused due to heating of the earth’s core, there are many similarities between the movie and climate change caused by global warming.
The story is set in a post-apocalyptic world that is in ruins and is devoid of water. The film follows a bunch of people who are trying to overthrow a tyrant who controls the supply of the remaining water. Though this is just one of many subplots, the main takeaway from it is we should conserve water when there are many who don’t even have access to 10% of the water we use daily.
After the world failed in stopping climate change, it resorted to weather experiments aimed at cooling the earth artificially, when even that failed, it plunged the earth into an ice-age. Now, the only surviving humans are onboard the snowpiercer, a train, that runs 24x7, 365 days and circles the earth. But the same problem of class and status quo that plagued the earth of the past, plagues the train.
This epic movie tells the story of a future in which agriculture is becoming increasingly difficult due to the changes brought about by climate change. The only way to save humanity is to find another habitable planet.
In one of the most unique takes on climate change and human overpopulation, Downsizing is an imagining of what if the humans shrank down in size? It tells the story of a man who decides to shrink down and live in a “small” neighbourhood.
In a world that is entirely submerged in water to the melting of polar ice-caps, a mutated man who can breath underwater helps a woman and her daughter find dry land. Though not an accurate imagination of the melting of ice-caps, it does manage to portray the adverse effects of not doing anything about climate change and the melting glaciers.
In a world ravaged by global warming, a family who, after their hometown is destroyed by a hurricane, try to move to a safer place. But along the way they encounter many other climatic events.